a-sweet-unrest asked: Hey there, could you perhaps give me some good examples of the classic noir femme fatale? Film ones would be best, as I'm thinking about costumes for a heroes vs. villains party.
I am putting this out there as others may have ideas for you. I think James M. Cain furnishes a couple of the most recognizable femmes fatale: Barbara Stanwyck’ character in Double Indemnity and Lana Turner’s in The Postman Always Rings Twice. Mary Astor was perhaps the original femme fatale in The Maltese Falcon. And of course, we can’t leave Lauren Bacall or The Big Sleep off the list. There’s Rita Hayworth (though not a blonde) in Gilda. Gloria Grahame is great as femme fatale in either The Big Heat or In a Lonely Place.
If you’re amenable to neo-noir, that opens up a whole host of other possibilities. I also invite other readers to share recommendations (note that the poster prefers blonde characters).